While Aggies have participated in the Houston Pride Festival and Parade since its inception more than 40 years ago, June 2017 marked the first time that Texas A&M University was represented at Houston Pride in an official, university-sponsored capacity. Since 2017, Aggies, along with their friends and families, join the Texas A&M University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer+ Center as we converge in Houston during the not-so-cold month of June, to participate in the events that Houston Pride has to offer.
Since 2014, the LGBTQ+ Pride Center at Texas A&M has celebrated LGBTQ+ Aggies and their allies at a Lavender Graduation ceremony held in their spring. The spring ceremony honors those graduating from Texas A&M University in the spring, summer, or fall of the current calendar year.
The Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) Let’s Talk program at the LGBTQ+ Pride Center Mondays 1 p.m. -3 p.m. provides LGBTQ+ students with a space to discuss issues of sexuality, gender identity, intersecting identities (e.g., race/ethnicity, citizenship status, religion, etc.), and other stressors (e.g., family, finances, relationships, etc.), as these concerns can impact student mental health and academic achievement.
Let’s Talk is an outreach initiative that meets and engages students in conversation in an environment that feels safe and empowering to them. Students can meet one-on-one with a counselor for brief, informal, and confidential consultations. If a student visits Let’s Talk and they require additional support, such as crisis services or counseling, or if they would benefit from additional CAPS services, the student will be referred to CAPS for further assessment, support and linkage to the appropriate services.
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LGBTQ+ Awareness Week is an opportunity to educate the Texas A&M campus about LGBTQ+ issues as well as to recognize, honor, and celebrate sexual and affectional diversity and gender variance in our communities.
To celebrate, the LGBTQ+ Pride Center invites university organizations, departments, committees, and any person to provide programming for LGBTQ+ Awareness Week. Possible programs may include, but are not limited, to lectures, discussion panels, workshops, film screenings, displays, and performances.
October is LGBT History Month! First recognized in 1994 celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay-rights and related civil-rights movements. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBT community. LGBT History Month is celebrated in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11. Check out the events!
At the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters, the Pride Center staff hosts an open house. All students, staff, and faculty are invited to visit the center's space, learn about center programs, hear about resources, enjoy snacks and hang with friends! Come check out the center in SSB 210.
Since 2009, the Phyllis R. Frye Advocacy Award, sponsored by the LGBTQ+ Pride Center, has recognized work done in welcoming transgender faculty, students, and staff into the Aggie Family through the creation of safe spaces and the raising of dialogue surrounding transgender realities at the interpersonal and institutional level in the higher education setting. Award recipients are shining examples of real work done at Texas A&M towards the acceptance and nurturance of transgender faculty, staff, and students. Award recipients receive a monetary award of $250 and a commemorative item.
Nominations may be submitted by any member of the University community (co-worker, supervisor, adviser, dean or department head, student). No self-nominations will be reviewed.
Nominations must be submitted online and include 1) a nomination letter from the nominator and 2) up to two additional letters of support.
Nomination statements, including specific examples, should describe the nominee’s eligibility for an award focused on Accountability, Climate, and Equity as outlined in the Texas A&M Diversity Plan, and how the nominee meets the specific award’s criteria as outlined in the Awards Categories section. Letters of support are submitted with the understanding that the individual or group is being nominated and should shed additional rationale as to why the nominee is an ideal candidate for the award. For faculty and staff nominees, greater consideration will be given to those individuals whose accomplishments are above and beyond standard job responsibilities.
For more information regarding the award process contact Dr. Tonya Driver, Director of the Department of Multicultural Services.
Review and selection of the Phyllis R. Frye Advocacy Award recipient will be conducted by a committee chaired by a representative from the LGBTQ+ Pride Center. Review, selection, and awards ceremony take place in the spring semester.
2020: Dr. Matt Hoffman
2019: Zachary Huebschman
2018: Dr. Iris Carrillo
2017: Dr. Krista May
2016: Hilary Park
2014: Judy LeUnes
2013: Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon
2012: Katy Stewart
2011: Lowell Kane
2010: Harriette Andreadis
2009: Dr. James Rosenheim
Pride Live is a panel discussion series hosted on Facebook Live and Zoom. Pride Live is designed to further the LGBTQ+ Pride Center’s mission to create a thriving environment supporting the success of every student through the education, advancement, and championing of the broad spectrum of sexual, affectional, and gender identities in the spirit of the Aggie Core Values. The center invites experts and folx with related experiences to discuss important topics that affect the LGBTQ+ community. To see our previous Pride Live programs visit our YouTube Channel.
The purpose of Pride Mentors is to offer support and guidance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning students at Texas A&M. Students have the opportunity to select a mentor of their choice based on academic and professional interests as well as personal interests and will meet with their mentor approximately once a month. Conversations between mentor and mentee can cover a range of topics including career and academic goals, relationships and family problems, transitioning to college, gender and sexuality, and LGBT issues that arise in collegiate and professional settings. For more information, please click here.
LGBTQ+ Pride Month is an opportunity to educate the Texas A&M community about LGBTQ+ issues as well as to recognize, honor, and celebrate sexual and affectional diversity and gender variance in our communities.
To celebrate, the LGBTQ+ Pride Center invites university organizations, departments, committees, and any person to provide programming for LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Possible programs may include, but are not limited to, lectures, discussion panels, workshops, film screenings, displays and performances.
Pride Pen Pals is designed to keep LGBTQ+ students connected to a supportive community while they are away from campus during the summer and winter breaks.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on November 20 to honor the memory of individuals who were killed due to anti-transgender violence.
Join the LGBTQ+ Pride Center for Rainbow Relaxin' Days during finals week for snacks and fun activities to help you relax during finals!
Each fall, the center hosts organizations from the campus and Bryan/College Station community that support and provide services to the LGBTQ+ community. The Rainbow Resource Fair is designed to connect new and returning students to organizations that will help them persist and thrive while they are at Texas A&M. Students have the opportunity to connect with over 30 organizations while enjoying refreshments and getting to know their peers.
This annual storytelling event features a unique collection and representation of experiences and coming out stories authored and performed by people in our community who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community or as straight or cisgender allies. It is a raw, inspiring, transformative, and intimate live event.
These stories include unique backgrounds and perspectives as well as periods of time—from people who came out this year to yesteryear. These stories run the gamut — humorous, poignant, serious, heartbreaking, embarrassing, creative, painful and hopeful. To learn more about the Coming Out Monologues, click here.